FAQs for Hantavirus infections
(based on questions for Modeller from the German Risk Perception Study on the Hantavirus).
Most Hantaviruses propagate in rodents, such as rats, voles and mice, without causing any obvious symptoms (though having some hidden impact); others were detected in insectivores like shrews and moles, and also in bats (without known pathogenicity to humans, and no item here). The viruses can be transmitted (passed on) to humans by inhalation of aerosolized urine, feces, or saliva from the rodents. Many different kinds of Hantaviruses have been discovered so far. Usually, each one is found in a specific host species, or sometimes in a group of closely related host species. The geographic distribution of a Hantavirus depends on the distribution of the host species. The virus known as the Hantaan virus is carried by the striped field mouse (Apodemus agrarius). It is found in Korea, China, and East Siberia. In North, East, and Central Europe, and the Balkans the Dobrava–Belgrade virus (DOBV) is transmitted by other Apodemus species.
You will find here the most frequent ask questions for Hantavirus infections.